Beach at Lough Nafooey
I took this photograph on a much cooler day in November when my only company on the beach was the duck – look closely!
Loch NaFooey translates from the Irish ‘Loch na Fuaiche’ which means 'Lake of the winnowing winds' and is a glacial lake which straddles the Galway-Mayo border. The lake is fed by among others the River Fooey (translates for the Irish ‘Abhainn na Fuaiche’) which rises in the Devil’s Mother mountain and then makes its way down to the lake at its western shore on the Galway side, not far from where this photograph was taken.
The area around Loch Na Fooey and the nearby village of Finny is renowned as the site of the ancient ‘Finny volcano’ which formed 490 million years ago as the Iapetus Ocean is said to have closed to bring the two halves of Ireland together. The volcano's landform is gone but some of volcanic rocks are still preserved in the area.